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Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 3:30pm

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Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by July 16

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

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Registration required (ages 8–11)
Discover the fun of these sports as a hobby or used as hunting tools. We will teach the basics of each and have time to practice for more consistent and accurate shooting. Dress to be outside (wear closed toed shoes - no sandals or flip flops), use insect repellant and sun screen and bring a water bottle. This program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by July 17

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
splash and learn your way up a creek. Kids will explore the water for signs of wildlife and discover how creeks are important to all of us! Bring water bottle and towel. No swimsuits. Wear closed-toed shoes (no aqua socks). Program begins at the Bethany Falls pavilion.

Register by July 17

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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This program includes firearm safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

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Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

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Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Registration required (Ages 8-11; Youths must be accompanied by an adult)
The BB gun often serves as a first gun for many youth. This fun introduction to the safe and responsible use of BB guns will serve new and future BB gun owners well. Our certified firearms instructors will provide some basic training in rifle shooting fundamentals while allowing participants to have fun plinking at some reactive targets in a safe and structured environment.

Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

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Registration required (ages 12–18)
Insects play an important role in science but are often overlooked. We will take a closer look into the science of studying insects through hands-on activities including making an insect collection. Plus, you will get to take your collection and supplies home!

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

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Walk-in (all ages) Caterpillars, colors, creeks and creativity are the stars of the show today. Start inside where you will pick up your scavenger hunt sheet then head outside to take photos of the items you find. Some items will be very specific while others will take a little creativity. Find at least half of the items to receive an instant prize. Find them all and be entered for a nature lovers prize pack!

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

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Bring the family out for a FREE day of shooting.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by July 22

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

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Registration required (adults)
Summer is a time of plenty for people and nature! Discover how to share in the bounty by learning to make jellies and how to pickle summer’s wild harvest.

Register by July 23

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

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Registration required (ages 9–11)
Whether you live in the country or the city, bugs are never far away. Join us as we take a closer look into the life of insects and other creepy crawlies and how they help in our everyday lives. Dress to be outside, use insect repellant and sun screen and bring a water bottle.

Register by July 24

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

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Registration required (ages 12–18)
Get ready to put down the worm and bobber and jump into the world of fishing with artificial lures. There are many types, from spinners and divers to spoons and jigs. There are different lures for different fish and different locations to catch them. Join us as we learn the lure types and try to catch some fish. Dress to be outside, use insect repellant and sun screen and bring a water bottle. This program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by July 24

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Making and shooting slingshots is a fun way for the family to enjoy an afternoon outdoors. With practice a slingshot can also be a useful tool for the taking of small game. Join us for an afternoon as we explore the history of slingshots, some of the different ways to make them and the safe use of them. We’ll also provide some tips on marksmanship and allow a little time to practice.

Register by July 25

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

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Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

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No registration required (all ages)
Join me to cool off and explore Burr Oak Creek at the same time. We will look closely at one of Missouri’s unique creek dwellers, the crayfish! Bring water bottles and towels. Do not wear a swimsuit. Wear closed-toed shoes (no aqua socks). Program starts at the Bethany Falls parking lot.

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

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No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Register by July 30

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 5:30pm to Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 8:30pm

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Registration required (Ages 11+; ages 11–17 must be accompanied by an adult)
This program includes firearms safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

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Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast.

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